Advantages of a private institute
friendly care by a specialist team
time for an appointment, also on-line appointment reservation
time on your visiting day (though exceptions can sometimes occur)
time for reports (for thyroid reports usually two working days)
We charge a little bit higher than standard Austrian insurance
rates for common services (e.g. thyroid ultrasound, thyroid scan,
and thyroid hormone lab), a little bit less than 80% of which will
be reimbursed by your Austrian insurance company, as well as a flat
charge of € 43.- for thyroid, or endocrine disorder and osteoporosis
evaluation visits. The latter includes all the benefits of a privately
run institute for a "standard" visit. For visits that are
more complex and need more time, we will charge a higher flat charge,
depending on the duration of your visit, the complexity of the disease
and medical report or other services that we may provide. These
flat charges will not be reimbursed by your insurance company.
Special treatments (alcohol ablation, radiofrequency ablation)
or special diagnostic procedures (core needle biopsy) are usually
not reimbursed by the mandatory health insurance companies, but are
in general partly (or fully) covered by private insurers. Radioiodine
treatment will be reimbursed at 80% by the mandatory insurance companies
(own costs approximately € 30.-), fine needle aspiration to a
much lesser extent.
The reimbursement process itself might take some weeks. The feedback
from our patients regarding reimbursement is however positive. If
you bring your medical referral letter ("Überweisungsschein")
with you, we will pass it on, together with the "Honorarnote"
(Invoice), to your insurance company if you wish.
An RFA is currently associated with costs of € 2300 (incl. 10%
VAT) (high one-time material costs). If the costs of RFA are above
this price, we would discuss this with you in advance. With more than
90% of the patients a one-time treatment is sufficient. This can be
estimated at the first examination and would be discussed with you
in advance. For patients from outside Austria we charge € 2860
(incl. 10% VAT).
For Austrian patients: The Steiermärkische
GKK and Niederösterreichische GKK will according
to the best of our knowledge remunerate between € 1200 and 1370.-
(approx. 60% of the costs). Other health insurance providers have
either refunded nothing or an amount of up to approx. € 350.-.
Often there is already an external recommendation for surgery of a
specialist. This can be helpful in the application process. There
is a "supplement to the fee note" for your insurance, which
you will receive from us during the first presentation. It is advisable
to go to the insurance company with this supplementary sheet and the
doctor's letters prior to RFA. The general advantages as well as the
cheaper RFA should be pointed out.
Depending on the exact contract the amount reimbursed by the statutory
health insurance fund, supplementary insurances refund from 0% to
the full amount.
"Short" thyroid appointments
Sometimes intermediate control visits for known patients are necessary
to assure a proper thyroid hormone dosage. The flat charge for these
is € 17.-. For medical services the reimbursement issue is the
same as stated above.
Endocrine disorders and osteoporosis
For bone densitometry measurements we charge € 75.-. This includes
a "vertebral morphometry scan" in addition to a high-quality
scan of the lumbar spine and both femoral sites. Vertebral morphometry
allows for detection of vertebral fractures of the thoracic and lumbar
spine and adds significant information (without having to send the
patient to a radiologist) to the bone density report. Reimbursement
for a DEXA (bone mineral density) measurement is approximately €